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Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: Is the iPhone Good Enough?

author Luis Silva (June 2020 Updated: March 2022 - 6 min. reading time)

You'll spend more on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

You'll get a better display, better battery life, more internal storage (256GB vs. 64GB), and external storage. But the iPhone 11 Pro features better performance (+60%).

What else do they have to offer?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also gives you an Always-On, larger (+1.0") display, faster-charging speeds (45w vs. 18w), faster wireless charging (15w vs. 5w), reverse wireless charging, and more RAM (12GB vs. 4GB). But the iPhone 11 Pro also adds a cleaner user interface.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $199.

Is it worth buying the iPhone 11 Pro in 2022?

The iPhone 11 Pro is a pretty decent smartphone in 2022, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. Having said that, the iPhone 12 has better performance, better cameras, and more security updates.

Is the Galaxy Note 10 Plus still worth buying in 2022?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn't the latest release anymore, but you'll still be happy with its good cameras, good battery life, tons of storage, excellent glass protection, and fast charging. It holds up pretty well in 2022, but you'd be better off with the Galaxy S21 as a daily driver because it has better performance and more security updates.

Read on so you can learn more about their differences, how they stack up against their rivals, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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In August of 2019, Samsung started selling its Galaxy Note 10 Plus, while Apple's iPhone 11 Pro hit the stores one month later.

Here you can look at the iPhone 11 Pro and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, compare each other's features, and decide which one is best for you. Let us delve into the finer details.

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Device iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Release Date 2019, September 2019, August 0y.
OS Updates 6 years 3 years -3y.
Security Updates 6 years 4 years -2y.

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

About performance: Geekbench 5 (IOS)(Android) scores the iPhone 11 Pro 60% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. Speed isn't everything, but in this case, it's a lot! iOS is much lighter than Android because it is a more optimized OS.

The iPhone 11 Pro's performance does stand out if you consider its rivals. While the average sits at 2624, this one is 31% above them.

We can label the iPhone 11 Pro as high-end and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus more like an upper mid-range.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (with the Adreno 640 GPU) and the Exynos 9825 (with the Mali-G76) are market-dependent.

There's a performance increase of about 20% on the 855 for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
SoC Apple A13 Exynos 9825
Graphics Apple GPU Mali-G76 MP12
Geekbench 5 Score 3428
OS iOS 13 Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 13.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro front transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus front transparent png

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the winner here, and it should be noticeable.

Are you looking for big screens? Then, don't waste your time searching for other devices, and go for the iPhone 11 Pro. There are just not that many choices in its class.

If you favor small notches, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn't perfect, but it's pretty close to that.

Given the iPhone 11 Pro, just know that 86% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 93% have an Always-On display.

Regarding the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, 75% of its rivals can play HDR content and have an Always-On display, and 93% have an AMOLED screen.

Display Density (DPIs)*
Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Size 5.8
Resolution (px) 1125x2436
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 462.63
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Wedge Hole
Peak Brightness 811 nits
794 nits
Sub Tek-Score
Protection Corning toughened glass Corning Gorilla Glass 6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro back transparent png Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back transparent png

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro should have an overall better camera.

About the iPhone 11 Pro: I would've loved it if DXOMARK reviewed this camera, but the approximately calculated and equivalent camera score is 134*. By including the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, the final score goes up to 145** points.

Before moving on, all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 93% feature Optical Image Stabilization. Yet, only 21% of them feature a macro lens.

The Galaxy Note 10+ has a dual aperture camera. You can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

About the Galaxy Note 10 Plus: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 118. And if we consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 130 points. If you want to know more about every tidbit, check it here.

Last (but not least), just so you know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K and have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

If you prefer, we can grade the iPhone 11 Pro as a high-end and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus more as a lower high-end.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus's lens can be great in low light conditions and produce clearer pictures with this lens aperture.

*The guys over at DXOMARK know how to benchmark these shooters. Unfortunately, they don't test every smartphone camera out there. So when I get my hands on one of them, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated score. As of now, you can expect a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed phones to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
Primary Camera iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Megapixels 12
Aperture 1.8
Lens 26mm
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 4 1 -3
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 145

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.0
Lens 52mm (2x zoom)
52mm (2x zoom)
Lens Type Telephoto lens Telephoto lens
Megapixels 12 16 4
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Lens 13mm 12mm -1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 0.3
Lens Type - Depth Sensor
Score 11 12 1
Selfie Camera iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.
Megapixels 12
Aperture 2.2
Lens 23mm 26mm 3
iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus vs.

Who has the best frame?

It's a tie, so you can't go wrong here.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is 8 g. (0.32 oz) heavier than its rival, which sits at 188 g. (6.63 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The iPhone 11 Pro got a score of 3.0, which suggests it's kind of weighty for a 5.8 inches display. Having said that, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has 5.3, so nothing to state here.

The iPhone 11 Pro is rated IP68, which means it's water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters, on par with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, on standby, and freshwater only.

Body iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Size 144 x 71 x 8 mm
(5.08 x 2.50 x 0.28 in)
162 x 77 x 7 mm
(5.71 x 2.72 x 0.25 in)
Weight 188 g. (6.63 oz)
196 g. (6.91 oz)
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver, and Midnight Green Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura White, and Aura Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 80.80%
Disp.Size To Weight Score 3.0 5.3 2.4
Looks 8.5/10
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Face ID Under Display Fingerprint

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

At 3046 mAh, the iPhone 11 Pro is the owner of the smallest battery, while the Galaxy Note 10 Plus features 4300 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the latter is the winner here.

You should know that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is also beating most smartphones. Do check our top 10 list.

Fast charging on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus does stand out. That's rare because phones from this budget rarely exceed 24 watts.

Fast wireless charging on the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is likewise a nice plus. That's something you rarely see at this price range.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Capacity (mAh) 3046 4300 1254
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left
84% left
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 63% left
68% left
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left
74% left
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.0 2.8 -3.2
Sub Tek-Score
Fast Charging 18w
Wireless Charging 5w
Reverse Charging No 9w

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A42.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus. Four times as much.

The iPhone 11 Pro comes equipped with 64GB of integrated storage and 4GB of RAM. Furthermore, other devices from this budget usually offer more RAM and more storage. They average at 8GB of RAM and 146Gb of storage.

In its turn, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of integrated storage. Again, you'll most likely get less RAM and less storage from most of its opponents. They usually get close to 6Gb of RAM and 114Gb of storage.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you love to store 4k videos, 64 GB may be too short for you.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Internal (GB) 64GB
Micro SD No microSDXC (shared SIM slot)

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

They don't stand out on any of these features.

If you got used to counting on the good-old 3.5mm headphone jack, forget about it. You may go for an adapter as a last resort, but it really isn't the same. You can have it anyway if you don't care that much about them. Perhaps you don't mind settling with the Galaxy M51 or the Galaxy Note 10 Lite.

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus has two network variants: LTE or (LTE and) 5G.

Features iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Network LTE LTE (also available in 5G)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack No No

Which is more affordable?

Here are their recently updated prices:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Reference: $750

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Reference: $949

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus VS
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eBay 1.05 1.85 0.81
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Are you curious to know what their global score is? Let me point out the average of its competitors. The iPhone 11 Pro class is at 6.9, and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 6.1.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Stand Out?

It's hard to recommend the iPhone 11 Pro. Not that it isn't a great device, it is. It's just that it isn't easy to suggest anything else when compared with the Note 10 Plus (or any of its siblings like the S10).

Samsung, unlike Apple, strives to pack as many features as they can (although the Note lineup lacks the 3.5mm audio jack) on their flagships.

I could talk about the RAM and the internal storage, that are four times bigger on the Note 10+, I could argue that it has the perfect display, a great battery life with fast charging, but in the end, it's up to you to decide if you prefer Android or the Apple ecosystem.

Pros iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
#1 Performance AMOLED
#2 AMOLED Always-On-Display
#3 Cameras Cameras
#4 Fast Charging Battery Life
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 Glass Protection Wireless Charging
#7 MicroSD Slot
#8 Storage
#9 Glass Protection
Cons iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
#1 Always-On-Display Weight
#2 MicroSD Slot 3.5mm Jack
#3 Weight Price
#4 3.5mm Jack
#5 Price
Relative Score*
Global Score iPhone 11 Pro Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Gaming Score
Your Score

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.


"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.



As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.

 Apple iPhone 11 Pro 
  • SonyrivalXperia 1
  • SonyrivalXperia 5
  • ApplerivaliPhone X
  • ApplerivaliPhone 11
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS Max
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
  • OnePlusrival7T Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20
  • HuaweirivalP40
  • OnePlusrival8
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 4G
  • OpporivalFind X2 Neo
  • GooglerivalPixel 5
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S21 Plus
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • OnePlusrival8T
  • XiaomirivalMi 10
  • OpporivalReno4 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 11
  • OnePlusrival9
  • OpporivalFind X3 Lite

 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
  • OnePlusrival7
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T Pro
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 8
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10
  • ApplerivaliPhone XS
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 EX
  • OnePlusrival7 Pro
  • HuaweirivalP30
  • GooglerivalPixel 4
  • GooglerivalPixel 4 XL
  • OnePlusrival6T
  • HuaweirivalMate 20 Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy Note 10 Lite
  • OnePlusrivalNord
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M51
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Pro
  • XiaomirivalMi 10 Lite
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A52
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A72
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t Pro
  • OnePlusrivalNord 2

Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.


About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.

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